Additional wear and tear are a given during Utah’s colder months, which makes maintaining your roof throughout winter essential.
With temperatures quickly dropping and various types of storms regularly making their appearance, it is crucial that your roof can withstand this wear and tear and keep your home warm and dry. The damage that the winter season can cause can be extremely expensive to repair and remediate. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help maintain your roof this winter.
Learn more about what you can do to keep your roof in tip-top shape this winter below.
4 Roof Maintenance Tips for Winter
- Repair Your Roof’s Flashing — Flashing takes a serious beating all year round, so it is important to look at the current condition of your flashing to see if it has become warped or loosened over time. If there is an issue, it is essential to address the problem right away. With faulty flashing, snow and other moisture can seep in and build up in your roof and cause additional damage.
- Remove the Snow as Soon as Possible — While a snow-covered rooftop looks picturesque, it also can cause serious damage if it is left too long. The heavyweight of snow and ice can put a lot of strain on your roof, meaning any slightly compromised areas are at risk of major damage. If the moisture of any sort (snow, rain, ice, etc.) sit on your roof for too long, ice dams can form and cause a perpetual issue of melting, getting backed up, and refreezing. Ice dams can severely damage your gutter systems, as well as your shingles that can lead to leaks.
It is best to remove all snow and ice from your roof quickly to keep your roof as dry as possible. It is best to hire a roof maintenance professional to handle the issue because conditions can be unsafe.
- Clear Away All Debris — Wind storms and heavy, snow-laden branches during winter months tend to cause debris to find its way to your roof. This debris can cause damage to your gutter system, flashing, and more. Use a rake or broom to clear away as much debris as possible; just make sure to do cautiously and hire a professional if you do not want to risk doing the job yourself.
- Address Wind Damage — In addition to debris, winter winds can seriously damage your roof. Take time after every intense wind storm to look for signs of wind damage. Keep your eyes open for any missing, broken, or damaged shingles and other roofing material.
Contact We Do Roofing SLC
If you need help maintaining your roof this winter, contact the respected roofing experts at We Do Roofing SLC. We have more than 20 years of experience and are experienced in repairs, re-roofing, and new construction. We are proud to serve homes and commercial buildings in the Salt Lake City area, including West Valley City, West Jordan, Murray, Taylorsville, and everywhere in between in Utah! Contact our fully licensed and insured contractors for a quick quote today!